HACKSAW RIDGE
2016, Lionsgate, 139 min, USA/Australia, Dir: Mel Gibson

This is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Costarring Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths. “Thanks to some of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed, Gibson once again shows his staggering gifts as a filmmaker, able to juxtapose savagery with aching tenderness.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


CAKE
2014, Cinelou Films, 91 min, USA, Dir: Daniel Barnz

Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) lives in chronic pain - and none too pleasantly; her abrasive anger has driven virtually everyone out of her life except for housekeeper Silvana (Adriana Barraza). But the suicide of a fellow chronic-pain sufferer (Anna Kendrick) shakes Claire to the core, and in trying to understand the death of a woman she barely knew, she may finally come to grips with her own life.


AVATAR (Special Edition)
2009, 20th Century Fox, 171 min, USA, Dir: James Cameron

Director James Cameron reinvents 3-D, science fiction and the Hollywood epic in this film that quickly became the most successful movie of all time upon its release in 2009. Sam Worthington stars as Jake, a paraplegic soldier who operates an "avatar" to explore the biosphere of the planet Pandora, a potential site for mining and corporate exploitation. Before long, Jake falls in love with one of the planet's inhabitants and realizes that preserving Pandora's natural resources is a cause worth fighting for. With Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver.


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